Fantasy Storytelling With Metal Beats: FIRA’s “From Vegas With Blood” Album Review

Photo credits: Anabel DFlux

Imagine you’re on a journey to a sinister kingdom buried in the center of the moon to battle a wicked demon king known as Fear who has threatened your existence. This is the story that comes to life in dance metal band FIRA’s debut album From Vegas With Blood. Recently, I shared news of the Halloween release of their music video for “Endless Night” and got details about the musical project in interviews with members Hannah Fira and Michael “Vette” Rodd. Now that the album has officially dropped, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the narrative and listen to the entire set of tracks. Get ready to head out on a “vampirate” adventure.

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Inside “Darkness Eternal:” A Vampire Art Show by Martin Darkside & Shane Izykowski

Two ancient vampire households—The House of M and The House of Oh—will engage in the most unholy of wars on November 20th at Crucible Gallery. The battle will unfold through the ominous creations of artists Martin Darkside and Shane Izykowski who will be showcasing new work for their upcoming exhibit Darkness Eternal. There will be pain, there will be death and there will be plenty of blood.

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FIRA’s Album Debut “From Vegas With Blood” & Interview With Guitarist Michael “Vette” Rodd

FIRA guitarist Michael "Vette" Rodd performing live at the Los Angeles Endless Night Vampire Ball.
FIRA guitarist Michael “Vette” Rodd performing live at the Los Angeles Endless Night Vampire Ball (Photo credit: Anabel Dflux)

This past Halloween, dance metal band FIRA debuted their “Endless Night” music video at the virtual New Orleans Endless Night Vampire Ball. Now, members Hannah and Michael “Vette” Rodd are preparing to drop their first album From Vegas With Blood on Black Friday, November 27th!  What I know so far is that it promises an epic “vampirate” adventure.

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FIRA’s “Endless Night” Music Video Releasing on Halloween at the Virtual Endless Night Vampire Ball

Vocalist Hannah Fira and guitarist Michael “Vette” Rodd (Photo credit: FIRA)
Vocalist Hannah Fira and guitarist Michael “Vette” Rodd (Photo credit: Anabel DFlux)

Dance metal band FIRA will be lighting up this Halloween season with a new music video for the single “Endless Night.” It was filmed during their performance at the Los Angeles Endless Night Vampire Ball back in February where they opened for the rock band Orgy. Last fall, I had the opportunity to check out the group’s energy-fueled show at goth club Bar Sinister in Hollywood, California. Nearly a year later, the duo, consisting of vocalist Hannah Fira and guitarist Michael “Vette” Rodd, is also preparing to drop their first studio album titled From Vegas With Blood.

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The Undead Way to Celebrate Dracula Day

From left to right: Bram Stoker, Vlad Tepes and Bela Lugosi as Dracula
From left to right: Bram Stoker, Vlad Tepes and Bela Lugosi as Dracula

On May 26th, 1897, Bram Stoker’s notorious novel Dracula was published. More than a century later, the vampire tale has indeed proven to be as immortal as its protagonist. There have been films, TV shows, music, books, art and entertainment events inspired by the Count. Stoker’s work has left such an indelible mark on, not just the literary world, but the creative world in general that there is a day dedicated to it—Dracula Day. There are many ways to celebrate and following you will find ideas for how to throw a fangtastic vampire soiree, whether alone or with others! Continue reading “The Undead Way to Celebrate Dracula Day”

Top 10 Must-Read Dark Books

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With the current Coronavirus pandemic, life seems to have become its own horror story. A novel illness is running rampant across the globe, streets have become eerily quiet, citizens have been ordered to self-isolate and panic has turned as contagious as COVID-19. But not all is as dire as it seems.

Since we’ve suddenly had to adjust to a new way of existing, I think everyone needs a break from reality and nothing provides that more readily than a good book! I’ve created a list of Top 10 Dark Reads with varying levels of darkness. Some embody gallows humor, while others are just plain morbid. They are presented in no particular order, but I do believe I saved the most sinister for last. Continue reading “Top 10 Must-Read Dark Books”

Endless Night Los Angeles Vampire Ball 2020 Edition

Endless Night Los Angeles Vampire Ball
Endless Night Los Angeles Vampire Ball

For the third consecutive year, I attended the notorious soiree for nocturnal, fanged creatures—the Endless Night Vampire Ball at the historic Globe Theatre in the City of Angels. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have read my accounts of past years’ festivities. The event offers new forms of entertainment when it comes to town and making this occasion all the more memorable was that it was the first vampire ball of, not only 2020, but of the decade. Here’s a look at what transpired. Continue reading “Endless Night Los Angeles Vampire Ball 2020 Edition”

The 7 Most Iconic Goth Couples

Still from Francis Ford Coppola's "Dracula" (© Columbia Pictures)
Still from Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dracula” (© Columbia Pictures)

Flowers, chocolates and anything and everything heart-shaped blissfully emerge when February 14th rolls around. For lovebirds, it’s all red, pink and sweet for Valentine’s Day, no? Well, for those that have a penchant for dark romance, there’s nothing more amorous than a bouquet of black roses, a moonlit picnic in the cemetery and perhaps even a keepsake in the shape of a real, bloody human heart.

To commemorate this holiday, I decided to pay homage to some of history’s most quintessential pairs that put an entirely different spin on the old adage “romance is dead.” For the following seven most iconic goth couples, romance is at its peak when in the grasp of passion and death. Continue reading “The 7 Most Iconic Goth Couples”

Metal Band FIRA Ignites at Bar Sinister

Metal band FIRA performs live at Bar Sinister
Metal band FIRA performs live at Bar Sinister

“We are made of music and fire!”

This is part of the manifesto of fantasy metal band FIRA who hails from Hollywood, California. The group’s latest show at goth club Bar Sinister gave the crowd a dose of heavy beats mixed with vampiric whimsy. It was my first time seeing the band live and it was thrilling! Continue reading “Metal Band FIRA Ignites at Bar Sinister”

Best Los Angeles Spots to Visit for Vampire Lovers

Photo by Wendy Scofield
Photo by Wendy Scofield

If you’re a vampire enthusiast like me, it’s important to know what places a city has to offer that will satiate your appetite for the vampiric. From grave sites to a wine tasting room, here’s a list of a few must-visit spots in the City of Angels that are perfect for both the living and undead. Continue reading “Best Los Angeles Spots to Visit for Vampire Lovers”